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Nutrition Challenge

March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Elizabeth Bailey MS, RDN

I appreciate the opportunity as I could talk about nutrition and healthy eating all day long. I have been working in the field of Nutrition for quite a few years and I have seen a lot of fads come and go but I still feel strongly that it is important that we make our decisions about what we eat based on evidence-based science as well as how it makes us feel.

Every day, each of us makes many decisions about the foods we choose to prepare for ourselves and our families. At some level we need to think about if our foods provide us with nutritional benefits such as macronutrients, micronutrients, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals or is it simply providing empty calories that fill us up until the next meal? How do we feel after we eat the foods we prepare? Do we feel sluggish and tired, or do we feel fulfilled and energized? Often, we don’t take the time to realize we have just eaten a whole meal let alone the time to assess how the meal made our bodies feel. If we don’t take that time, how will we know how to correct our decision making for the next meal or the next week? I once participated in an exercise where we mindfully ate a raisin. We took probably 7-10 minutes to analyze one raisin. The texture, the flavor, the smell, everything! I realized that this practice could apply to everything we put in our mouths every day.

My challenge to you is to eat more mindfully. This will allow you to truly enjoy the foods that you are eating. When we do this, we often eat a lot less than we mi

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